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Community and Neighborhood Revitalization Professional Certificate Program

Neighborworks-image-184Every city in the United States has neighborhoods that are troubled, with deteriorating housing, streets and sidewalks in disrepair, crime that keeps families indoors and residents who have lost their sense of community pride. Residents and professionals representing all sectors — from community-based organizations and private foundations to government and corporate America — are involved in neighborhood revitalization efforts. They are working to create and nurture more livable places where families can live, work and play.
The Community and Neighborhood Revitalization Professional Certificate focuses on transforming neighborhoods that lack vitality and suffer from stagnant or declining property values into neighborhoods of choice — places where residents and businesses want to invest their time, energy and money. Participants who earn this professional certificate will possess the knowledge and tools needed to facilitate positive neighborhood change.

See Below for Program Details:

How to Earn a Professional Certificate
Program Coursework
Online Testing


Interested individuals at all levels of experience may enroll in the Professional Certificate Program in Community and Neighborhood Revitalization.

This program is particularly valuable for:

  • Neighborhood revitalization consultants and educators.
  • Staff and boards of community development organizations.
  • Officers and residents representing neighborhood organizations.
  • Funders of neighborhood revitalization.
  • Urban planners, designers and architects.
  • Elected officials and public-sector staff.

Participants will hone the skills to develop and implement strategies that will:

  • Increase the capacity of residents and other stakeholders to manage neighborhood change
  • Increase residents’ confidence and participation in initiatives to shape their neighborhood’s future
  • Stimulate demand for housing and other investment opportunities
  • Support development of healthy, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Create and preserve affordable housing in "hot" markets
  • Cultivate collaborations that promote and sustain revitalization

How to Earn a Professional Certificate

Individuals seeking to earn a professional certificate in community and neighborhood revitalization must: 

  • Submit the enrollment form.
  • Complete all coursework, practical exercises and tests within three years.
  • Pass the final exam/practicum. 
It is possible to complete all program requirements in as few as three NeighborWorks Training Institutes. With prior approval from training division staff, candidates may receive credit for relevant courses taken no more than two years prior to enrollment.
If you have any questions, call 800-438-5547 or 202-760-4000, or email

Program Coursework

The Professional Certificate Program for Community and Neighborhood Revitalization consists of a series of courses that provide the theoretical framework, specialized tools and technical skills necessary to design and carry out successful neighborhood revitalization. 

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Online Testing

Candidates must take the online tests for the applicable required courses. Learn more about online testing for professional certificate program courses.